January 19, 2014
I'm a singer/songwriter and play acoustic guitar, mandolin, and violin mainly, also a bit of bass and banjo. I love Folk , Blues, Rock, and even Metal, although my band "The Swine" played all those forms with the instrumentation of a traditional Bluegrass Band, i.e. banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and doghouse bass;
Yes, go to Youtube and search for "Swine Before Pearls" (be sure to put it in quotes, or you'll be overwhelmed by a ton of auto-corrected 'Pearls Before Swine" entries). This was my Seattle public Access TV series which ran from from 1994-2000. It was an absolute zero-budget live show with elements of Saturday Night Live, Hee-Haw, and talk radio. Besides live music and weekly guest bands, we did live and recorded skits, and live phone-ins; I hosted the show as the character "Tush Swinbaugh, the only slightly more liberal, but very much more svelte, 55th cousin of Rush Limbaugh". The closest thing we had to a local 'Big Hit Single' was a tune called "Smells Like Pork Rinds", which was a medley of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett". We were a longtime standard at the Seattle Folk Life Festival" and also played local clubs. We released 2 CD's over the years.
Yes, The Swine never attempted to make any money and were always willing to perform for any good cause. As a Teenager, I was a "Yippie wannabe", now much more politically eclectic with a mix of liberal, conservative, and libertarian views.
I can contribute any way needed or wanted; I've not been musically or politically active for a few years, but am extremely determined to revive these interests now that I'm in such an incredible neighborhood. I'm a software engineer by profession. I'm willing to contribute to local music as a solo performer, side-man, or writer.
I'm an acoustic multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter/comic living in Princeton, founder of the legendary Seattle "Grunge Bluegrass" band "The Swine", and host of "Swine Before Pearls", their long-running Public-Access TV series.
Funnest club I've been in in over 20 years!